Christian Bodewig: Migrants Could Help Economies of Europe’s Aging Nations

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Bulgaria: Christian Bodewig: Migrants Could Help Economies of Europe’s Aging Nations Refugees and migrants disembark from the ferry `Eleftherios Venizelos at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, 25 September 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES

It appears ‘counterintuitive’ to oppose immigration for countries in central and eastern Europe facing the prospect of rapid decline in population due to high emigration and drops in fertility, Christian Bodewig argues in a blog post on the Brookings Institution website.

“The Baltic countries and Bulgaria have already seen their populations shrink by more than 15 percent since 1990, Croatia by 10 percent, and Romania and Hungary by more than 5 percent,” the author says in the blog post “Is the refugee crisis an opportunity for an aging Europe?”

According to Bodewig, “the real policy question for the countries of Central Europe and the Baltics today is therefore not whether to accept migrants or not but, rather, how to turn the challenge of today’s refugee crisis into an opportunity” for their economies. 

Christian Bodewig is the World Bank Human Development Sector Leader for Central Europe and the Baltics, based in Brussels.

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Billstickers - 2 Oct 2015 // 13:47:11

Mitkp: You are very much mistaken, I live 10 miles from the place I was born in. I have chosen to take my vacation in Bulgaria every year for the past 10 years because I like the people and the place. I even went to Sunny beach once. So migrant I am not, merely tourist.

Mitkp - 2 Oct 2015 // 08:00:19

Says an emigrant.
Hypocrisy incarnate.

Billstickers - 1 Oct 2015 // 14:01:19

The Apache, Cherokee and Sioux faced a similar problem with migrants. Maybe we will all end up either running a casino or being dirt poor alcoholics.

madoods - 1 Oct 2015 // 13:30:02

And presumably we will have to import even more immigrants to support those who are now flooding into Europe when they get old

vanesa barabesa - 30 Sep 2015 // 14:38:35

This Christian why not take them at their tyah.Nie have enough ethnicities, and now to comply with these ... and you know how dirty, as if to deliver Gypsies ... but tenks

vanesa barabesa - 30 Sep 2015 // 14:36:56

Тази Кристиян защо не си ги вземе у тях.Ние си имаме достатъчно етноси , а сега да се съобразяваме и с тези ...а знаете ли колко са мърляви ,все едно да си доставим още цигани ...но,тенкс...

madoods - 30 Sep 2015 // 09:54:04

Europes ageing nations would have had more young people of their own ethnic groups to support them if there had not been a deliberate policy of destroying the family structure and scattering the communities of ethnic Europeans. This is particularly noticeable in western europe

Seedy - 28 Sep 2015 // 09:56:19

And these "Madras schools" presumably teach would-be jihadis how to make curry? ;)

And I thought all the time - 28 Sep 2015 // 00:35:07

that Venice was in Italy !

Ivailo Ivanov - 27 Sep 2015 // 19:31:10

To Mars and Venice.. and America will concur the Solar system... the female astronauts will carry burkas..

Ivailo Ivanov - 27 Sep 2015 // 19:28:36

America will defeat Russia by going in bed with the Jihad...
This relationship will ereate a special type of software engineers educated in Madras schools.. and they will send American citizens to

TheHistorian - 27 Sep 2015 // 12:59:08

No thanks!

Seedy - 25 Sep 2015 // 17:26:24

Nein Danke!

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